Delta Plane Makes Emergency Landing In New York After Engine Trouble

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A Delta airplane bound for Moscow, Russia had an emergency landing in New York Sunday night after one of their two engines failed.

The Delta Flight 30 had a failure on the left engine of Boeing 767 right after its takeoff at 4:25pm. The plane had to dump fuel and circle the airport for more than an hour until it finally had an emergency landing at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the flight carried more than 200 people, with 193 passengers and 11 crew members when a loud bang was heard by the passengers.

We didn’t know what it was”, a passenger, Jim Mandel of Moscow who visited his wife in New York said in an interview “Shortly after that, the pilot came on the public speaker system. … He said it was the left engine but otherwise that the plane would be able to fly normally.

More than 100 firefighters and a lot of emergency crews were waiting in the JFK International Airport for the plane to arrive to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew. The plane landed at around 6:00pm and, fortunately, no one was injured during the incident.

According to the president of JFK air control traffic, Steve Abraham, he spoke to the controller and asked about the incident. He described the plane as “what he thinks could have been a flame followed immediately by a good-sized plume of black smoke”. Despite the fact that the plane can fly with only one engine, the tower also saw the flames and sparks and ordered the plane back. It was still important that the passengers have a nine-hour flight to Moscow free from engine failure to ensure their safety.

It was not yet fully confirmed what caused the engine failure. Some say a bird struck the engine, while Abraham says “the engine may have suffered a compressor stall” like that of a car backfiring. Delta Air Lines cannot yet say the real reason as FAA is still investigating the engine.

The passengers were transferred to another flight, which will depart to Moscow at 8:00pm at Sunday night.

It was good that the tower decided to stop the flight as it shows they were concerned of the passengers and crew’s safety. You can never be too sure in flying a plane with just one engine, especially on a long flight like that of Moscow. I do hope though that they tell the public the reason for the malfunction so that it would not worry future passengers who plan to ride a plane to go to other countries.

(credit: nydailynews.com)

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